Monday, June 19, 2017

Advice With Bryce- Eighth Grader Edition

For our final edition, we are giving advice to the eighth graders coming from the middle school.

Talk to your teacher if you need help, they are there for you, especially math. Just because they may not particularly like you, it's their job to help you, also don't type ANYTHING in comic sans. -Bryce

Take your work seriously, you are not treated like a child. Fooling around won't get you anywhere in high school, yes it's good to have fun, but there is a line between having fun and excessively fooling around in class. Teachers don't put up with it and they may kick you out of class. So just pay attention and do your work. -Demi

Don't be an idiot, don't pull stupid stunts that you know will get you in trouble. Do your work and behave, it's what everyone else is here to do. -Mia

NEVER wait until the last minute to do stuff. You'll end up very stressed and you'll lose sleep and it's just a bad time for everyone. -Bekah

Stay on top of your work and you will be okay. -Jake

Don't be scared going to a new school. High school can actually be fun if you have a positive mindset and work hard to stay on pace in all your classes. You can make a lot of new friends, so don't be shy or nervous even if you're the youngest group there. -Guinevere Cote

Try not to be lazy at the end of a semester, because you will be stuck doing the work in summer school or something like that. Just get your work done and you won't have to worry about it. -Zach (French is the best)

All that glitters is gold; only shooting stars break the mold. (Also do your homework and remember that friendships aren't always as strong as they seem.) -Allison


Dear Incoming Freshmen,
After finishing up a very busy and at times stressful Freshmen year, my words of wisdom for your transition from middle school to the high school would be to: do homework, ask questions, being popular isn’t everything, and have fun.
  1. It's ok to ask questions, if you don't know something right off the bat. Like if you don't understand the criteria/expectations, that your teacher is giving, rise your hand and ask for some help. The teacher's job is to help you learn things and if you don't understand they are there to help and support you.  If it gets to the point where you still don't understand, you can ask to come in for advisory or a study hall and you can get the additional help that you will need to be successful. Remember, most often the questions you have, another classmate could have too, so you could be helping others out as well as yourself.
  2. Every person out there has probably seen or heard of those typical “high school” stereotypes. Not everything you see in movies and read about in books is true. If you're worried that you won't be popular, like the girls/boys are in the movies, don't be because in real life nobody really cares. Most likely people are more worried about themselves, their classes, and school activities to worry about being popular or a big jock that everyone wants to date. If you do ever come across people who do care about being the most popular,  just walk the other way, you don't need them. Try and be yourself because that's more important.
  3. Homework is the word everyone hates to hear, but it's a reality, and it is really beneficial to helping you become academically successful. If you do your homework you're more likely to pass your tests and to get better guiding principle grades. Additionally, in the long run, it helps you see what you're capable of.  Your relationship with your teacher will grow stronger because they see that you're really trying your best and they are more apt to want to help you, if they see you have done the leg work.
  4. The final piece of wisdom that want to give you is have fun. Not everything has to be work, put some time into your work and then give yourself a break.  It is all about balance.  If you feel that you don't want to do the work at home make sure to have a study hall, so you can do it then.  The days that you are all caught-up and you don't have any work, just relax.
Transitioning to a new school is tough, but in the long run it's a blast. Here’s to a successful, and enjoyable first year of high school, Welcome Class of 2021!
  • Maija Jaakkola
The most helpful pieces of advice I can share is 1. Push yourself to do the best in all your classes. Ask for extra credit when you can, and be sure to finish all your work. Summer school is no fun. 2. Get involved! Try a new sport or club and don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. Most people will welcome you and encourage you to do your best. You don't want to look back and regret not trying anything new in high school. 3. Find who your real friends are and stick with them. The people you start the year with and the people you end it with can change, but sometimes it's a good change. Good luck class of 2021! -Alyssa

Child Bitten by Black Widow Spider

By Breanna Melanson

    On June 12, in Mendon, Massachusetts, 5 year old Kailyn Donovan was bitten by a black widow spider. A doctor prescribed her antibiotics, because, at the time, it only appeared to be a regular bug bite. However, when Kailyn developed a fever and unusual black bruising around the bite, her parents took her to the doctors again; this time, to an infectious disease doctor at Mass General.

Source: Boston Globe

    Although black widow spiders are rare in the northeast, this is not a lone occurrence. In 2015, a woman in Vermont was bitten by a black widow that she had apparently brought home in a bag of grapes, and, in 2016, the same happened to a New Hampshire woman.
Source: ABC news

    The spiders are usually not deadly to humans, and the young girl is expected to make a full recovery. However, this can serve as a warning to others. Black widows are more common in the south and west, but every so often, they can make their way to New England. If you think an insect bite is bad, make sure to check with your doctor.

2017 Graduation and Achievements

By Julia Gregoire
Edited by Trie Yale
(School life)

    This year Massabesic said a final goodbye to the class of 2017 as they move on to many more exciting things. This year was special as we had three foreign exchange students.
As many students are sad their four years of high school have gone by so fast. They will miss friends and teachers left behind. Although there are many more wonderful opportunities to look forward to in the future. Whether that's college, work, or just experiencing new things and opening up to adulthood, Massabesic and the community congratulates you. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”- Og Mandino. I feel like this quote summarizes senior year saying that all that hard work you've put in for 13 years will bring you something better than any achievement you may have ever received. These seniors have worked very hard this year along with the past three years of high school, which is sometimes underestimated. There has been some amazing accomplishes by the seniors this year. Like top ten percent and class achievements.
Valedictorian: Leah Ryan.
Salutatorian: Hope Saucier
Honor Essayist: Emma Desrochers.
Top ten percent: Kyra-Mei Cartwright, Grady Connolly, Abigail Darling, Grace Gile, Zachariah Harding, Kathleen Harper, Devyn Heathcote, Morgan Houk, Sarah Howe, Emily Kelley, Joanna LaFrance, Anna Lane, Gabrielle Langlois, Emily Levesque, Lydia Marcotte,  Lindsey Marquis, Michelle Radley, Aspen Reinauer, Elizabeth Schepis, Natalie Thayer, Jessica Toome, Thyme Whitten, Colby Williams.
Congrats class of 2017!!!!

Filly Lacrosse

By Trie Yale
Edited by Julia Gregoire
School Life

         Filly lacrosse is a program for young girls grades 2-6, but they might have grades kindergarten and 1st join next season. The Massabesic High School girls lacrosse teams are the coaches. The program is put on by Denise Benton and Coach Bowen. The Filly lacrosse program was started in the 6 year period between 2006 and 2012. Every Monday and Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 at the high school; everyone meets and then separates into their teams. Basic stick skills are taught, such as: throwing, catching, cradling, and scooping. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are also things learned by the girls participating in this amazing program. The purpose of Filly lacrosse is to give girls the necessary skills and to prepare them for the middle school level.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By Arie Moore
Edited By Allison Blair

As summer draws closer some amazing and hilarious movies have come out, and this movie is definitely on both of those spectrums. With amazing humor and fantastic acting this sequel definitely blew everyone away. Baby Groot was definitely a favorite with his adorable and ridiculous shenanigans. The whole movie was absolutely amazing.
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed. [IMDb summary]

How To Survive Freshman Year

Written & Edited by Bri Bernier

Freshman year is one most dread about, but you'd be happy to hear it's not as bad as you might think it is. The biggest thing I worried about was getting my schedule and finding my classes. If you have that concern, don't worry, you get a map of both buildings which helps a lot! Also, other students are traveling to classes as well so if you ask for help they can direct you to your class. Even though they don't want to admit it, some people also might be nervous that they'd get picked on since they're the “newbies” in the school. But not everything is like the movies, you're mostly around people in your grade and even if you aren't, everyone's nice and upperclassmen don't bite! It's perfectly fine to be nervous going into highschool, everyone is, but just know everything's gonna be fine and it's not as hard as you think!

How Was Your First Year At MHS?

By Trie Yale
Edited By Trie Yale
(School Life)

As 8th graders, we came into the high school not really knowing what it was really like. We had theories about how the year was going to go, and how we were going to be treated by the upper class men.  The high school hadn't been seen by many of us 8th graders, so it seemed like just a huge maze! Below will be interviews with three of our freshmen this year. I asked them how they thought their first year of high school was going to go, versus how their year actually went.

Interview with Emily Morin:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “Lost and bullied. I thought there was also going to be more freedom. I had a lot of worry coming into the high school, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “Stress. Meltdowns; mental meltdowns two to three times a week.  Not a lot of social time out of school because I had so much homework over the weekends. Other than some of the stressful things, my first year at MHS was absolutely awesome. We went to states for field hockey which was an amazing experience. Overall my first year here was great!”

Interview with Julia Gregoire:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “I thought I was going to get lost daily, and struggle in my classes because people told me they were difficult. I was pretty worried about my first year, but I came in everyday and got lost a few times on the way.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “My weekends were basically just homework, so I didn't really have a lot of time to do the things I wanted to do. I thought I would be able to hang out with friends and go places, but most of the time I was stuck at home working. Overall, my first year was something I wouldn't take back because it was amazing experience.”

Interview with Maija Jaakkola:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “I thought there weren't going to be many rules, like in the movies. I thought we were going to be able to do most anything we wanted to do. When we got here though, it was like we were piled with a bunch of work; all just thrown at us at once.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “A lot of stress and work, and I didn't have much down time. In the beginning of the year I had a lot of stuff like sports and it was a lot to handle at once. Once sports ended it got a little better, but then I just had more work. But that is what high school is all about. Being independent and having enough grit to get through the year.”

London Building Rose To Flames

By Cameryn Stewart.

   The London 24-story Grendfell tower rose to flames killing 17 and injuring dozens of people. Many people who lived in the west London apartment building are still missing and rescue workers continue to search for the unaccounted for. The firefighters warned that the numbers of deaths would grow. After 37 residents of the building were in the hospital on Wednesday firefighters stated that it is unlikely for them to find anymore survivors.

     An Italian couple who moved to the building several months ago is still missing. The government has appealed for residents of the building to call a hotline as they account for everyone who might have been in the building when the fire broke out. The investigators continue to search through the burnt building with the help of search   dogs.

   Witnesses said they saw people jumping from the tower, screaming for help, waving a white t-shirt. A survivor of the fire recalls that she saw the smoke from the building coming in her room from under the door as a fire protocol told her to “stay put”, which stated for the residents to stay in their apartment is there was a fire somewhere else in the building. There are many questions on if the “stay put” protocol turned the fire more lethal. Firefighters are still trying to find the source of the fire.

One Year Anniversary of Pulse Nightclub Shootin

By Kayleen Turner
    On June 12, 2016 Omar Mateen walked into Pulse nightclub, a LGBT nightclub located in Orlando, Florida. Omar then opened fire which his SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle, and his 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol. Forty-nine people were killed in this attack, and fifty-eight others were wounded. Counting the attacker the death toll hit 50 people. This is also known as the Pulse nightclub attack/shooting, or the biggest mass shooting to happen in the U.S. The first shots were fired at 1:58am.

    This year people mourned by decorating the outer fence surrounding Pulse nightclub. They also remembered the dead by having a memorial service at the nightclub starting at the same time the shooting did. Most people believe that this event was a heinous hate crime. During the shooting the attacker called the police and stated that he was a member of ISIS. However, most people still believe that this is a hate crime due to the group of people he targeted and slaughtered.

    For the purpose of keeping this list short I will only be listing the people killed in this disturbing event; otherwise including the wounded there would be over 100 people on the list. These people are:
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Marisol Flores, 25 and 26
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
Cory James Connell, 21
Darryl "DJ" Roman Burt II, 29
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Enrique L. Rios, Jr, 25
Eric Ivan Ortiz Rivera, 36
Frank Hernandez , 27
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Geraldo A. "Drake" Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, 37
Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 22 and 32
Kimberly Morris, 37
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Luis Daniel Conde , 39
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero and Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 26 and 31
Paul Terrell Henry , 41
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24


Senior Year!

By Emily Morin
Edited By Trie Yale
School Life

    Senior Year can be an exciting and emotional time for a lot of people. Leaving family members, friends moving away, going off to college, and leaving the school that helped you on this journey. Senior year can be different for everybody, and the road to that special year is also very different. Some people have many different expectations of what senior year will be like. Some say they want to get all their credits done so they barely have to go to school, others say it will be the hardest year of all. So that is why I have decided to interview some seniors to see what their year was like.
     One student I interviewed is Aspen Reinauer, a senior here at Massabesic. Asking her what her senior year like at MHS, she responded, “Senior year was the best year that I've had so far. It was the time of being the "top dog", full of confidence.” She also mentioned, “Though, it was also the time of nervous jitters with each "last this" and "last that". I truly can't believe that it's over. I wish that I could do it all again so that I could relive those precious moments that I never realized were so important until now.” She, like all we hope to do, embodied the school spirit and took her last year round by storm. I also asked her if she had any advice or anything she wished she'd known when she was a freshmen, for next years incoming freshmen and underclassmen, “My advice to incoming freshmen would be to embrace your true self. In the end, all that matters is that YOU enjoyed high school.”

    Dawn Fusilo, another senior at Massabesic High School said, “Don't be shy, go out and try new things because you'll never know whether or not you like something unless you try it. Cherish the good moments.” Describing her senior year Dawn said it was a, “roller coaster ride.” Which pretty much sums up almost everybody’s experience in high school. So like these girls said, senior year can have some ups, some downs, but the memories you make here will last forever. “Slow down and don't try to rush things, just live in the moment. BAM nailed it!” Says Dawn.

Sports Year Review

By Jake Abbott and Benjamin Samson
Edited by Jocelyn Jaro

     Massabesic sports have improved over the past few years, including this year. This summer, Massabesic sports offers camps and clinics this summer for various sports. Boys basketball has a camp that started on June 12th. Soccer starts June 15th. These camps focus on individual skill development as well as team development. Many friends are made over the summer, and you get to know the coaches. The camps are also like an extra tryout, the coaches get to see your skills and can get ideas on what their team might look like. There is also lifting and practice over the summer for football.
     If you want to participate in any of these camps and get better over the summer, I recommend signing up. Coach Bowen is the head football coach, Coach Binette is the basketball coach, Coach Allen Curtis for boys soccer, and Coach Jaime Alonso for girls soccer. The summer is your chance to get better at your sport. Without school, you can focus more on your game. Good luck to Massabesic athletes!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Zero Waste

Written by: Cam Goodrich
Edited by: Colby Cole
The zero waste program at our schools are used in multiple ways. The middle school has a zero waste program for food waste where they separate composting materials, recyclables and returnables which all go towards the composting program they have. In the high school, students such as myself volunteer their advisory to go class to class collecting the recyclables and returnable to help make our school a greener place. It's a great opportunity for people looking to get some community service hours as every week you get half an hour of community service. These programs are great opportunities for young people help brighten their school and give back to the schools that they have gone to. As a part of this program, I truly believe that it is a good cause and suggest that people who need some community service hours should try it out as it's during the school day and capable for you to do around a work and school schedule. If you are interested in volunteering for zero waste see Mrs. Sawyer or email her at 

NJROTC Awards Ceremony

Article by Keara Galbraith

Towards the end of every school year, Massabesic’s NJROTC company has their awards ceremony. This year, the ceremony was on Friday, May 12. This ceremony involves awards being given to both cadets and the unit, cadets being ranked up, and the reveal of the company's new company commander (CO) and executive officer (XO). In fact, the ceremony is when the command is passed from the former officers to the new.
Since the awards ceremony is all about how the previous year went and the achievements of the cadets, the former CO, Mikaela Callahan, and the former XO, Katelynn Rosa, were both interviewed about how they think the previous year went. Rosa, the former executive officer said, “I feel great about everything that we accomplished this year! I am definitely going to miss what we do, miss everyone, and being apart of NJROTC. All in all, it was an excellent year and I don't think that I would change anything about it.” When the former company commander Callahan was asked the same question, her answer was quite similar– “This past year was a huge success; one of the best in at least four years. The enthusiasm and charisma of the cadets really brought the unit to new levels of achievement.”

The other thing that the former CO and XO were asked about was how they feel the next year will go with the change of command they both made it clear that they had high hopes for the upcoming year and new leadership of CO Zoé Petit and XO Andrew Cotton. “As a team they will be able to accomplish a lot and do a lot. I think as a team they will be able to accomplish what they want to and have an excellent year,” said Rosa. Callahan said, “I think the new year will go great with the new CO and XO! They are fresh and ready to take on the challenge, and I am confident they will meet all standards with flying colors.” The standards are high for the upcoming NJROTC leaders, but no one has any doubt that they will be outstanding at their job.

From left to right: CO Zoe Petit, XO Andrew Cotton, and Senior Chief Peter Jordan

Being the awards ceremony, many awards were given as well. In fact, “95 to 99% of cadets received awards” (Senior Chief Peter Jordan). However, there were a few awards that were for one or two cadets who excelled in an area or deserved special recognition for their acts. The following is a list of the awards given to specific cadets for their achievements in the unit.
Massabesic Lions Club Youth      
Recognition Award
Zoé Petit
Andrew Cotton

Honor Cadets
NS1- Keara Galbraith
NS2- Sofie Irons
NS3- Zoé Petit
NS4- Mikaela Callahan

Distinguished Cadets
NS1- Keara Galbraith
NS2- Ivalani Callahan
NS3- Katelynn Rosa
NS4- Mikaela Callahan

Zoé Petit
Brendan Byther
Sebastian Mills

Daughters of the American Revolution
Zoé Petit

Sons of the American Revolution
Maxwell Sweeney

Military Order of World Wars
Andrew Cotton

Military Order of the Purple Heart
Zoé Petit

Noncommissioned Officers
Maxwell Sweeney

Scottish Rite Masonic
Ivalani Calhan

Military Officers Association
Keara Galbraith

American Legion Military
Micah Okusko
Elizabeth Brown
Montana Moore

American Legion Scholastic
Savannah Burke
Andrew Ireland
Sofie Irons

National Sojourners
Andrew Cloutier

Sarah Doyle

American Veterans
Michael O’Clair

Navy Youth Medal
Katelynn Rosa
Holden Scott

Surface Navy Association
Kayleen Turner
Andrew Cotton

Congratulations to these cadets who worked so hard during this past year in NJROTC!